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This is what it’s like to spend three weeks in the Alaskan backcountry

Troy Murphy is a rare breed. He’s a U.S. Mogul Team member who shreds World Cup bumps all over the globe—constantly tipping his hat to freeskiing’s roots.

As expected, though, the competitive season can be pretty grueling. And that creates an urge for bigger, faster terrain far away from the lands of crowds and cowbells. With that in mind, Murphy and filmer Jannick Fjeldsoe went to Valdez, Alaska to switch up the pace, and switch up the pace they did.

“We flew into Anchorage, rented an RV and a sled and drove over to Valdez for just shy of a month,” says Murphy. “The beginning of our trip was plagued with bad weather, so we ended up delaying our flights home when a few days of sunshine popped into the forecast as we were about to leave. It turned out to be an awesome trip and a great way to decompress after a winter of bump bashing.”

Murphy sent some seriously gnarly lines that make him look like a Valdez local. And though we wish him the best moving forward with his mogul career, we think switching to big-mountain skiing full-time could be a very wise call, too.

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